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I am a student trying to be in the Nursing field. My dream career is Midwifery. #careers

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Mark’s Answer

Hi Rebekah!

My wife and I put both our girls through Nursing school. Today they are both happily married and are both nurses. My oldest just made me a grandpa and she is pursuing a master's degree to become a NP. My younger daughter is happy as a nurse! With that said, there are many opportunities and directions you can pursue as a nurse. My hat's off to you as I can't think of any other profession as intimate and service oriented as nursing.

Both my girls got their BSN. Earning a BSN, not only prepares you to enter the field and fill the demand of a nurse, it will also help you to stand out to employers among an increasingly competitive group of candidates. Having your BSN will also put you closer to a master’s degree or a doctorate if you decide to pursue a Master's or Doctor of Nursing.

You'll want to keep your cumulative GPA to a 2.75 or better. My girls went to different colleges. The oldest had to work for a year to get up to the level to be accepted to the nursing program because of her GPA.

Here are 80+ Types of Nursing Careers and Specialties
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Wound Care Nurse

For a while, my oldest was interested in that last one. "Wound Care Nurse". Right before she got married, she was bitten by a Brown Recluse Spider. I wouldn't advise it! She was already a nurse, but had to see a wound specialist. It was gruesome to say the least! But also educational. That's how she views every experience! Educational. She was fascinated by the wound care nurse!

Hope this helps!
Mark
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Tonya’s Answer

Congratulations to you on your interest in entering the nursing field. The profession is one of the most rewarding, challenging, and exciting careers. As listed in the previous answer by Mark, there are a wealth of specialties and opportunities. There will even be opportunities that may not exist at this time. Remember to select a school where the nursing program is accredited by ACEN or CCNE. I have listed the two websites were you can search/check for schools with accredited nursing programs. The recommended program to enter is a Bachelor of Science in nursing (AACN, 2019). If you enter an Associate of Science in Nursing program, for more work opportunities and as proven in research for better patient outcomes, you will need to return for a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (which can then be completed in 1-2 years). To become a midwife you will need to return to school for specialized education. Some nurses work for a few years as a nurse before returning to midwifery school.

The work midwifery means with woman. The midwife cares for women, families, is a primary care provider (provides a variety of healthcare services) and can work in hospitals, birthing centers, clinics, home births, women’s/family health centers and private healthcare offices. Midwives also teach, provide community service, are leaders/directors, policy makers, and more. You can look at the website for the American College of Nurse Midwives for more information.

My calling as a midwife occurred in middle school. At the time I wrote a paper in English class. The teacher stated the paper was good however; there was no such thing as midwives anymore. This was over 35 years ago. At no fault of the teacher (as no one knows every career opportunity), I then decided to become an OB/GYN - MD. Many years later in my senior year of nursing school (as I wanted to be a nurse before an OB/GYN – MD because I wanted to understand the holistic aspect of a person) I met a midwife who was also my faculty member. From that day I knew my calling could become a reality. From my nursing career, I have been blessed to work as a nurse, midwife, nursing faculty, teacher in middle school, speaker for career opportunities, mentor, and educator for healthcare professionals.

All the very best in your path to become a nurse and midwife. Study hard, focus, and take care of yourself so you can take care of others.

References:

*Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (2021). Search ACEN Accredited Nursing Programs.
http://www.acenursing.com/accreditedprograms/programsearch.htm

*Aiken, L. H. (n.d.). Linda H. Aiken. https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/live/profiles/93-linda-aiken

*American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2021). Find Accredited Programs. https://www.aacnnursing.org/CCNE-Accreditation/Overview-of-Accreditation/Find-Accredited-Programs

* American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2019). Creating a more highly qualified workforce. https://www.aacnnursing.org/News-Information/Fact-Sheets/Nursing-Workforce

*American College of Nurse Midwives (2021). Home. https://www.midwife.org/
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